If you’re over 40 there’s a test you can take which predicts your risk of melanoma.
Developed by Queensland researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, the online Melanoma Risk Predictor uses melanoma risk factors to determine the user’s chance of developing melanoma in the next three and a half years.
These factors include age, sex, ability to tan, number of moles at age 21, number of skin lesions treated, hair colour and sunscreen use.
According to news.com.au it has a 70 per cent accuracy rate which is much higher than similar tools used to determine breast and bowel cancer risk, and diagnosed 650 people alone during the research period which involved a questionnaire distributed to 40,000 Queenslanders.
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Co-created by Professor David Whiteman and Dr Catherine Olsen, Professor Whiteman said that although the online risk predictors won’t replace medical screening, by identifying high-risk patients it could encourage potential patients to seek regular medical attention.
“This online risk predictor will help identify those people with the highest likelihood of developing melanoma so that they and their doctors can decide how to best manage their risk,” he said.
“Regular screening of those at highest risk may help to detect melanomas early, and hopefully before they’ve spread to the lower layers of the skin and other parts of the body.”